By Mary Grady, Contributing editor
LightHawk, a nonprofit group of pilots who volunteer to help the cause of conservation, is looking for a special pilot and aircraft to make an unusual flight. "We have an urgent need to find a jet to transport some rare falcon chicks to Belize," in Central America, spokeswoman Bev Gabe told AVweb this week. The trip is planned for June 5 or 6, from a breeding facility in Sheridan, Wyo., to Belize City, where the birds will be released into the wild. To volunteer, the pilot must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of flight time, and the jet must be able to carry 650 to 1,000 pounds of payload (passengers and cargo).
LightHawk volunteers provide about 1,000 flights each year to members of conservation groups, the media, scientists, and others. They offer an aerial perspective that reveals the widespread effects of unsound environmental policies and practices. Recently, the group provided flights for filmmakers working on Gasland, a feature about the impact of gas exploration, which was named best documentary at Sundance 2010. To learn more about volunteering for the Belize flight, contact Laura Stone at LightHawk by e-mail or call (970) 690-4221.